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Opera Kids is a documentary that follows a fifth grade class on their yearlong journey creating an original “opera.”
Opera Kids is a documentary that follows a fifth grade class on their yearlong journey creating an original “opera.”
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      Donald Boys on July 19, 2014

      My guess is that we backed a scam.

    2. Dustin Koop on November 12, 2013

      What is going on with this film? it has been ages since your last update. Did you just take the money and run?

    3. Jon Baker on October 31, 2013

      It's been almost a year since the last comment here - any update on the project? My wife is an elementary music teacher and we are very much looking forward to watching this film.

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      Julia on December 14, 2012

      How is the project coming? Are you at the film editing stage yet? Perhaps getting model release signatures? Buffing DVD cases? An update would be encouraging. ;)

    5. Jim Lesses on February 1, 2012

      Hi Folks, Haven't heard any news about this project since September 2011. I would be nice to know how things are progressing. Or not, as the case may be.

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      Julia on January 30, 2012

      How is this project coming? I have a friend who did an opera with her 5th graders and they loved it! I'm really looking forward to this DVD.

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      Lorraine on September 6, 2011

      congratulations...all the Best, and only the Best!

    8. Steve Crampton on August 21, 2011

      Sorry I didn't get involved sooner, but I have been busy with a new job and with my rambunctious family: Charlotte (9), Lucas (7), and Bridget (5). Anyway, I wanted to share what I posted on FaceBook and GooglePlus:

      I had the great pleasure of working with Joseph Alessi and Max Sturm on a production of The Fantasticks. Joe Alessi, as anyone who knows him will tell you, has exceptional motivation, intelligence, and integrity. I had long talks with him about the show and other topics; his insight and maturity made me forget I was talking to an 18 year old. Not only did Joe direct the show, but he also produced it, organizing teams of volunteers for everything from lighting and sound to all of the legal and business aspects of putting on a professional theatrical production. Max Sturm likewise is driven, smart, and talented. He joined the production near the end to help Joe direct the final rehearsals; Max reassured the nervous actors with his consummate professionalism.

      Joe and Max bound to succeed, whether with this movie or with future ventures. They also are two of the nicest guys I know. They deserve your support.

    9. Leslie Mills on August 21, 2011

      Congratulations on reaching and exceeding your goal. Thrilled to be able to contribute & will continue to spread the word about your film. Can't wait to see it! Best Wishes..

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      ann frank on August 21, 2011

      I am proud to be a backer and absolutely thrilled for you!!! You have worked so hard for this. Cannot wait to see the final project!!!

      Ann Wall Frank

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      Amarillo Opera on August 20, 2011

      BRAVI to all involved in this project. We look forward to seeing the final product!

    12. Kelsey on August 20, 2011

      The arts were such a significant and unforgettable part of my experience as a student in public school, so I am very excited to make my first Kickstarter pledge towards this project. Best of luck to you!

    13. Janet McMonagle on August 20, 2011

      Very proud of you Max - pushing this - know you will make it.

    14. Joseph Alessi & Max Sturm Creator on August 19, 2011

      Jim, you humble us even further. Thank you for such a generous financial and spiritual donation.

    15. Jim Lesses on August 19, 2011

      I'm 62, not working, and can't afford to support this project, but I'd be devastated to learn that this project failed so close to its target - so I'm pledging $50 anyway. Can't wait to see the finished DVD.

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      Kelly Colquitt on August 19, 2011

      Have you guys contacted all the fifth grade parents? When I forwarded the clip to one, she had not known of its existence.

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      Linda Morigi on August 13, 2011

      Max, I held you when you were born, I,ve watched you grow into a wonderful young man.
      I could not be more proud of you. Good luck with Opera Kids and your future projects.
      love, Traci

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      Jennifer Ashton on August 6, 2011

      Good Luck!
      -Ashton Family

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      Sarah Timmapuri on July 19, 2011

      Good luck Max and Joe!
      - Amina, Ernani and Sarah Sadural

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      chuks on July 2, 2011

      All the best folks!!!